David Ross is a pretty popular guy right now


For someone who batted just .184 this past season, veteran catcher David Ross is pretty popular right now.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal writes that Ross could follow Jon Lester to the Cubs or the Red Sox to serve as his personal catcher once again. However, there are other possibilities out there. According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said tonight that Ross is on the club’s radar. He could be a fit for the Padres if Yasmani Grandal gets dealt and a return to the Braves can’t be ruled out.

Ross turns 38 in March and is coming off a rough year, but he still has some pop in his bat, particularly against left-handed pitching. He could be useful playing a couple of games per week.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.